The idea of “social entrepreneurship”—innovation in the philanthropic sector to fill in the gaps left by both the market sector and the state sector—has become a hot topic in the last decade. People increasingly wonder how nonprofit enterprises and social entrepreneurs can effectively mimic the successes of the market economy in increasing human welfare, choice, and dignity without either the profit-loss system of markets or the democratic and constitutional checks of the public sector.
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Outreach Coordinator: Beacon of Hope
"We weren’t bureaucratic. There was not red tape to go through. You needed help; you got it."
Executive Director: Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation
"Our area wasn’t on the map to be returned, so because we kept up-to-date with what the city was doing, we organized community members to go up to City Hall to let the committee know that we’ve already returned. You can’t turn us into green space."
Co-founder and Co-director: St. Bernard Project
"We were shocked to see the lack of progress and [that] there was hardly anything going on. There was no rebuilding going on."
Chair of the Board: Central City Renaissance Alliance
"We the people, the residents, the citizens, have come to a clearer understanding...that it is our responsibility to participate in the direction that our future is going in and make clear [that] what our voices say needs to be honored."
Gulf Coast Consultant: National Council of Churches
"Churches bring to FEMA, to Homeland Security, a level of expertise in disaster. Being able to provide water, and being able to provide food, being able to provide housing."
Gutting/Rebuilding Program Coordinator: Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
"We were working with the most desperate cases, oftentimes acknowledging the gutting wasn’t about reconstruction. It was about closure for the pre-Katrina life."
Founder: Squandered Heritage; Member: New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation
"There’s a recognition that the most effective change agents and heavy lifters have been either in nonprofit sector, or...just pure volunteer."
Co-Director: Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development; Board Member: Holy Cross Neighborhood Association
"We talk to the community. It’s not us with the knowledge; it’s the community with the knowledge. It’s an interactive deal, absolutely....We are the people, and we live here."
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